Masts in place for the Queen

Following its successful launch last weekend local yachtsman Pete Goss' catamaran 'Team Philips' journeyed back, yesterday morning, from Dartmouth to Totnes to have her revolutionary designed masts fitted.

She left Dart Marina at 6.10am, and arrived at Totnes 110 minutes later.

The masts are aerodynamic, lightweight, shaped like wings, made of carbon fibre, and 130' high. The rigs were prepared in the morning, and Pete Goss said the wind was likely to die off sufficiently to allow fitting to be completed by yesterday evening.

All that then remains will be the installation of twin mainsails, prepared at Totnes over the past 48 hours. The catamaran will be named by the Queen in London on Tuesday.

Leisure centre back in action

Facilities at Saltash leisure centre, closed since the end of November due to the need to fit new specially toughened safety glass, have now re-opened.

Shattered glass had led to the closure of the spa pool, slide and bridge at the centre. New general manager, Richard Tuxford, is to offer all children, accompanied by responsible adults, a complimentary swim this weekend - on March 11 and 12. There will also be the chance to enter a free prize draw for a number of swimming 'goodie bags'.

Looe police appeal after incident

Looe police are looking for a man who was seen in Station Road, at about 9.30pm on Tuesday evening, engaged in act of indecency in a public place. A householder reported the incident but the offender ran off before they were able to apprehend him.

The man is described as in his mid 20s, about 5' 8" and of slim build. He was wearing jeans, a black puffa jacket and baseball cap with the peak at the back.

Anyone who thinks they may have information should contact PC Brian Kettle at Looe police on 0990 777 444, or call Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111.

Mystery of the 'stolen' wall

The mystery of the disappearing dry stone wall has been puzzling residents living near Sungirt Lane in Liskeard.

Over the past weeks someone has been systematically taking stones out of the wall - and then carefully placing them on the pavement. One of the most recent stones to be dislodged apparently weighed around 80lb.

The matter was reported by one resident to the roadsweeper - who was aware of what was happening - and Caradon council has been told of the situation.

It is feared that if one too many stones is taken the wall will eventually collapse.